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're going to attend the dedication. senator harkin said republicans won't let us do it? what about the political fall-out if republicans were on tv not letting democrats pass tax cuts for the middle class? >> i was in the hall talking to harkin about that. again, now, harkin is a liberal democrat who normally would be gung-ho to do this. but i was astonished by what he said, that the republicans won't let us do it. the democrats are in charge of the senate. if harry reid wanted to bring up the bill that would allow tax cuts to be kept for everybody under 250 and raise it on that incremental amount, harry reid could bring it up. the republicans would filibuster it. there would be a vote. that could happen if they wanted to do it. but there aren't enough democrats in the caucus of democrats in the senate who are willing to do it. and there's nothing more i can say. they are afraid to do it. and they're afraid of the ads the republicans are going to run against them. >> howard finemann, as always, thanks for your time. >>> let's turn to chris hayes, the washington editor of the nation
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you? in three, two, one -- that does it for us tonight. we'll see you again tomorrow night. >>> which of these stories will you be talking about tomorrow? cave-in. the word, official now, from the senate. no vote on bush tax cuts for the rich. no vote on obama tax cuts for the middle class. they are afraid of the topic. they are afraid of the fight. and the democrats in the house are afraid to go first. congressman larson of connecticut. >> the anxiety comes from what our colleagues across the building will do in the united states senate. >> my guest, michael moore, on what should have been a day of democratic triumph. and on the small lie. more on our report on tax breaks and small business, small in name only. >>> on the republicans' remarkably flimsy plan, the pledge to america. a lemon of a pledge. >> we are not going to be any different than what we did. >> we can provide certainty and relief if we would just extend the current tax rates now. >> nice slip, sparky. howard fineman and chris hays on giving the de-energized base an anvil. >>> gold line and the gold finger.